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First steps underway in search for next Memorial University president

Memorial University of Newfoundland president Gary Kachanoski thanked the undergraduate, but particularly graduate student researchers for choosing MUN. He congratulated all of the latest Ocean Industries Student Research Award winners on their successful call for support. — Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram
Memorial University of Newfoundland president Gary Kachanoski. — File photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram

With Memorial University’s current president set to end his second term at the helm next December, the Board of Regents is beginning the work to find a new president.

Dr. Gary Kachanoski requested to finish on Dec. 31, 2019 – six months earlier than originally planned.

At its Oct. 3 meeting, the university’s Board of Regents set the terms of reference and membership structure for a Presidential Search Committee (PSC). It’s the next step in finding a new president.

“One of the most significant responsibilities of the Board of Regents is that of the appointment of the president,” Iris Petten, chair of the board, was quoted in a news release.

“We will conduct a search for a new president using a process that is open, transparent and accountable.”

Petten said the search will also be “an extensive and collaborative process”.

The PSC membership will include: Petten as chair of the committee; two other board members chosen by Petten; four faculty members chosen by the Senate, with at least one member from each of the St. John’s campus, Grenfell Campus and the Marine Institute; two students chosen by the chair following consultation with student unions; an academic administrator chosen from among themselves; a non-academic administrator chosen from among themselves; and one member of the public-at-large chosen by the chair.

Further details about the search process will be finalized once members of the PSC are appointed.

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